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  1. angliholic's Avatar
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    #1

    Smile fanatic/maniac/fan/enthusiast

    But as a coffee fanatic, I firmly believe that caffeine is good for everyone.


    Hi,
    Could I replace "fanatic" in the above with "maniac/fan/enthusiast" without making a change in meaning? Thanks.

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    Re: fanatic/maniac/fan/enthusiast

    You could, but you would introduce subtle differences in meaning.
    A coffee fanatic not only loves coffee, but seeks actively to convert others to his way of thinking.
    A coffee maniac is just crazy about coffee.
    A coffee fan likes coffee, but isn't necessarily crazy about it.
    A coffee enthusiast likes coffee a lot and might try to influence other people's views.
    Last edited by buggles; 06-Apr-2008 at 17:20. Reason: Missing e from coffee

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